It always amazes me how quickly we fall into a more relaxed rhythm within a couple of days - hours, even, of being here. The hurly burly of the last two months seems years away now. We have just picked up the threads where we left off.
Maddie Mor and Maddie Beag were absolutely fine - they have grown quite a bit over the last few weeks. They did not appear to have noticed either our departure or our return, much to the dismay of James, at whose insistence we had carted a bale of lowland hay in the back of the truck, as a present for the sheep. Ah well.
The heavy frosts have taken their toll on the back wall of the barn. This will need some swift attention, as we don't want to lose this valuable building. We are planning to re-roof it later in the year, but a repair job will be carried out this week, by the man in the yellow wellies.
Quite a lot of crofty things being planned for this week, so it was good to head off to our favourite beach for a few deep breaths of good clean air.
And, it was great to get our toes in the ocean again. Very refreshing!